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Off-road chassis design?

I’m interested in learning more about chassis design, especially for something intended to go off road. When a team puts together an entry for a race like the King of the Hammers (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_of_the_Hammers), how much of the chassis design comes from experience or intuition, and how much comes…

Just finished my embiggen days post Just finished my embiggen days post

It’s been a long time since I have written anything that long! Hopefully all the photos show up correctly. Edit: Link to said post:

1 car, 2 guys named Josh, 9 days, and 7,600 km 1 car, 2 guys named Josh, 9 days, and 7,600 km

A few years back I had an opportunity to take one heck of a road trip. I’ve never really taken the time to write about it until now.

I don't know why this is bothering me so much... I don't know why this is bothering me so much...

Automotive unrelated rant after the jump. Picture unrelated, but still nice.

Giant band hand saw. Giant band hand saw.

Before Christmas I broke a band saw blade. I was curious - could I turn it into a giant hand saw? The answer is yes.

A silly idea A silly idea

For some reason I have had this silly idea floating around in my head for a while now. Imagine a small company that makes replica cars for street use.

Pickup truck drivers, I don't envy you Pickup truck drivers, I don't envy you

I just got back from a 400 km trip to pick something up in another city. I borrowed a relative’s 18 year old Ford F-150. It’s a beast, but man, is it thirsty! 48 L (~12.7 gallons) of gas to go 400 km (~250 miles). I spent more on gas today than I have in a long time!

Dealing with water in the garage

One of my goals this year is to get the garage insulated. But there’s something I want to make sure I do right, and that’s deal with water that drips off the car when I pull it in. Whoever poured the concrete pad for the garage didn’t slope it toward the large door or anything like that. It’s all just reasonably…

Advice on learning Fusion 360

I think it’s time that I finally cave in and learn Fusion 360. It’ll just be for personal use, but I get the feeling it’ll be handy to use. I have used Maya for 3D modelling in the past, but I understand that parametric modelling is a little different.

Advice on learning Fusion 360

I think it’s time that I finally cave in and learn Fusion 360. It’ll just be for personal use, but I get the feeling it’ll be handy to use. I have used Maya for 3D modelling in the past, but I understand that parametric modelling is a little different.

Toyota Rav4 with a 3rd row?!

I had no idea it existed, but apparently you could get a Toyota Rav4 with a 3rd row of seats.

Mercedes R class (or Metris) - terrible idea?

Yes, likely a terrible idea. But I’m still curious. Mrs. BaconSandwich and I may be looking for a larger family hauler in the future. I was trying to remember what Mercedes model it was that looked like a giant half-wagon, half van. It turns out the Mercedes R class has 6 or 7 seats. It also turns out they are much…

It's a cold one this morning... It's a cold one this morning...

-33 C (-27 F). With the wind, it feels like -44 C (-47F). Plugged the block heaters in on both cars this morning, but I’m not sure it’ll do much good being this cold. I had to bring the one cord inside first as it was too stiff to unravel properly. Update: the car started up with no problems at all. Color me surprised!

The joys of tires

One of the winter tires on my wife’s Vibe developed a slow leak. I took it in a few months ago, and they redid the bead, as apparently that’s what was leaking. Two months later, it went flat again, but this time, apparently it split the side wall. This time it was done for. For some reason, her sister (who we bought…

Teach me about blind (pop) rivets

I’ve been meaning to get myself a hand-powered riveting tool - the kind you use with pop rivets. (I understand they are technically called blind rivets, and that “POP” was a brand name, but I digress). I happened to be in a local fastener store earlier today*, and saw they had a few rivet kits. I could see that one…

Question about Canadian import laws

This is something that I’ve been wondering about - is it possible to import a car into Canada after 15 years that the manufacturer has requested to be disallowed for import? The particular example that I’m curious about is a Tesla Model S. Tesla has requested that people not be allowed to import them into Canada. As…

Guess the car Guess the car

These recently turned up on my Facebook feed. Any of you want to take guesses on what the car might be?

Huh...

One of you Oppos got me curious, so I looked for Land Rover Defenders for sale around here, and surprisingly, I found one:

Need to hide something in the desert? Need to hide something in the desert?

Step 1. Find a very sandy desert. Step 2. Use drilling equipment to run air hoses under said desert. Step 3. Place object to be hidden on the sand Step 4. Turn on air.

How to deal with cracked skin? How to deal with cracked skin?

(A Peugot Hoggar concept in a dry-ish looking environment, to keep it related). Mrs. Baconsandwich gets really badly cracked skin on her hands - on the edge of the nail, right at the tips of her hands and thumbs. It’s hard for her to be constantly applying lotion, as she’s washing her hands a lot during the day (taking…

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